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Offline Fartie

Young foreigners' survival perspectives in Korat
« on: January 21, 2010, 06:59:23 PM »
Off topic.. What's the fascination with Korat?  I hear so many people talk about how great it is here.  No it isn't.  The place is boring as hell, not much to do here, and the majority of people who want to work here take a job teaching English with a measly pay and no retirement package or anything.  What's going to happen to these young kids when they hit their 50's, 60's and have no retirement or pension coming?  Unless you have some very rich parents there really isn't much Thailand has to offer long term for foreigners.

Well, ain't you sick of going to the beach in Pattaya seeing all those other farangs?  ;)

The internet made it possible for Korat girls to get in touch with guys from all over the world to come here. Those guys don't have a problem spending their time when they're with the girl.

Oh, and the kids taking a job as teacher with a measly pay and no retirement package or anything: They're happy making a living by themselves instead of standing in line at the employment agency begging for a check. They can still claim welfare when in their ages. Sabai sabai!
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ThaiBrit

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Re: Young foreigners' survival perspectives in Korat
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2010, 11:57:39 AM »

Off topic.. What's the fascination with Korat?  I hear so many people talk about how great it is here.  No it isn't.  The place is boring as hell, not much to do here, and the majority of people who want to work here take a job teaching English with a measly pay and no retirement package or anything.  What's going to happen to these young kids when they hit their 50's, 60's and have no retirement or pension coming?  Unless you have some very rich parents there really isn't much Thailand has to offer long term for foreigners.
Change that Thailand to Korat and I completely agree with you. Korat is a shit place. Seems the only reason anyone would stay here is that they have a better half who doesn't want to leave home and family. Don't think any of those 'young kids' would stick around til they're +50. .... But other parts of Thailand have lots going for them.
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Young foreigners' survival perspectives in Korat
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2010, 12:19:03 PM »

Off topic.. What's the fascination with Korat?  I hear so many people talk about how great it is here.  No it isn't.  The place is boring as hell, not much to do here, and the majority of people who want to work here take a job teaching English with a measly pay and no retirement package or anything.  What's going to happen to these young kids when they hit their 50's, 60's and have no retirement or pension coming?  Unless you have some very rich parents there really isn't much Thailand has to offer long term for foreigners.

Change that Thailand to Korat and I completely agree with you. Korat is a I'm sorry, but I gotta get to the toilet fast. place. Seems the only reason anyone would stay here is that they have a better half who doesn't want to leave home and family. Don't think any of those 'young kids' would stick around til they're +50. .... But other parts of Thailand have lots going for them.


Looks like the swear word filter did its job.  ;D ;D

I have split this "boring Korat" topic off as a new thread from  "More Farang.coms popping up. 8)
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Offline Baby Farts

Re: Young foreigners' survival perspectives in Korat
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2010, 02:06:40 PM »
I meant more along the lines of financial gains.  Seriously though, what is there to do in Korat?  I can't think of much.  Perhaps, it's because I'm comparing it to my own place of origin.  I don't think Korat is attractive at all, except for the women.  Maybe, that's why all the kids want to teach English here.  The power of the P**** must be overwhelming.
 

Mitraparp Monkey

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Re: Young foreigners' survival perspectives in Korat
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2010, 02:09:29 PM »
Sounds like you feel trapped in this "I'm sorry, but I gotta get to the toilet fast. place", TB. ;)

Yes, Korat is still lacking certain commodities we got used to in our home countries. But it has a lot of advantages too. The biggest is that I could never live in Europe, Australia or the US on just a little income. Here you can still stick to basics. In those 'fully civilized' countries businesses and governments do make you spent money you can still save here. Your pursuit of happiness isn't as limited or over-regulated as in the West.

BF is right about the lack of a social security net. But that's just a stage in development.

And as fartie already stated the job teaching English with a measly pay and no retirement package or anything is still better than standing in line at the employment agency. It proves you independent.

We all have seen how things went with those coming here opening their own businesses like restaurants etc.

If you come here you gotta compete with Thais who're also getting more and more qualified in modern business. Many foreigners coming here with the idea that Korat is the new frontier where you only need to pick up the gold from the street will find out about the 'survival of the fittest'. Unfortunately being 'the fittest' isn't always easy.
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Young foreigners' survival perspectives in Korat
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2010, 02:27:07 PM »
I meant more along the lines of financial gains.  Seriously though, what is there to do in Korat?  I can't think of much.  Perhaps, it's because I'm comparing it to my own place of origin.  I don't think Korat is attractive at all, except for the women.  Maybe, that's why all the kids want to teach English here.  The power of the P**** must be overwhelming.


You must have overlooked that we got a thread just for that topic: Jobs, employment and business in Korat and Isaan
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Offline Baby Farts

Re: Young foreigners' survival perspectives in Korat
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2010, 07:14:28 PM »
MM. I agree with you there.  It is cheap to live here, but it balances with the low salaries.  It's great if you're retired and have some kind of pension...or for the kids, rich parents.  The first two years coming here, it's exciting, but after spending several years here, you start to see things in a whole new perspective.  At least I have.
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Young foreigners' survival perspectives in Korat
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2010, 08:11:04 PM »
I think it suitable to rename this thread to "Young foreigners' survival perspectives in Korat"

And yes, BF, the perspectives of making a living just of your hands or your brains labour for a young foreigner are very dim in Korat. But for some it isn't the money only. The social status as a teacher with a measly salary is definitely a lot higher than just another unemployed or employed below qualification in a western country.

The labour market in Korat also goes by offer and demand like everywhere. It's up to you where you offer your services and what you demand. Can you imagine how little the salary at St. Mary's School was 20 years ago: 4.000 THB a month! You have to keep your eyes open all the time to find a better opportunity. I found one and simply left. Then the guy who took the job there after me was already paid 6.000 THB.

In our home countries we got government agencies taking care of the job market. But there is no Thai government agency in Korat taking care of foreign workers. So I think the problem isn't actually the availability of jobs but rather the finding. I can imagine that with the increase of the foreign population there will also come a demand for certain foreigner groups as sales persons in shops or office staff in travel agencies etc, or concierges in hotels. Korat is still developing.

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